Oldest port in India
Kolkata port is the oldest port in India which is rich in history and was very important for the colonial powers and for the country. The strategic importance of Kolkata port might have changed but continues to remain economically very significant for India and its development.
East India Company
Kolkata port was established by the East India Company after Aurangazeb granted licence to the company to build and maintain the port. The port became the economic gateway and engine of India. After the 1857 mutiny, when the control of East India Company was transferred to the crown, the Kolkata port became a property of the British empire. The port was then managed by a port commission set up by the British.
Partition and effects of it
The port became less important post independence owing to the partition of Bengal and the subsequent transfer of economic activity outside Kolkata. The importance of Kolkata port was immense, it was the gateway of trade with India, the port was crucial for exports and imports during the British regime. Strategically too it was very important, it was because of which Japan attacked the port during world war 2. Japan realized Kolkata was a strategic asset for British in its role in world war II.
Kolkata port eventually added a lot of capacities and remains one of the most important and largest ports of India. Kolkata port, as per the statistics of 2013-14, handled the largest number of vessels.
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These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?